North Cyprus  

North Cyprus Society for the Protection of Birds
(Kuzey Kibris Kuslari ve Dogayi Koruma Dernegi -KUŞKOR)
First institutionalised attempts at the protection of the birds in Northern Cyprus started in 1989, with the foundation of the North Cyprus Society for the Protection of Birds, NCSPB (or KUŞKOR). 

The association works in close co-operation with other environmentalist association, especially the local North Cyprus- Greenpeace Movement for the protection of the natural beauties, the wild animals, and the endemic birds of Cyprus. 

Birds of CyprusThe association is very active in organising education panels for the public (especially the hunters, and schoolchildren), bird watching sessions, dealing with the legal issues concerning the wild birds, and hunting; NCSPB also has been campaigning very hard for the restriction of hunting, hunting season, hunting areas, and the granting of hunting licences. 

NCSPB stages public educational programmes throughout the year in village coffee shops, hunting clubs, sports clubs, and schools. These programmes, consisting mainly of introduction of birds and their environment, last year (1994) alone presented to more than 800 people in over 40 villages, which pleased both the people who listened to the casual chats and the NCSPB. The results achieved out of these programmes were important because most of the listeners were hunters. 

NCSPB also gives lectures for the fourth and fifth forms of Primary School pupils, under the supervision of the Ministry of National Education and Culture. These lectures take place throughout the first and second term of the academic year, and are on the topics of wildlife, mainly birds' natural environment (reproduction, digestion, sheltering, and immigration hazards). Together with these lectures, slide shows are also given.

The aim of the NCSPB is that these programmes reach every school in North Cyprus, especially with those within the hunting regions. The other activities of the association includes opening art exhibitions with the paintings gathered from pupils at the end of the academic year. Besides these, bird watching sessions are held at least four times annually, where books, binoculars, and telescopes are provided by the association.

Birds Living in North Cyprus 
  Birds Living in North Cyprus It is possible to watch 347 different species of bird in Cyprus. However, only 46 of these are native of Cyprus, and 7 of these are the endemic sub-species (that is only found in Cyprus). 119 out of the 347 birds that can be observed on the island are of winter-migrant breeder type, and 90 of these migrate to Cyprus regularly every winter-time. 29 of these winter-migrants migrate to the island less regularly than others. Together with the native Cypriot birds 27 of them migrate to Cyprus for breeding purposes.

Apart from these, there are 220 other species of birds that use Cyprus as transit while migrating to other lands. 200 of these 220 species regularly pass as transit from Cyprus during their migration season. These are mostly the birds breeding in Europe, and migrating to Middle East and Africa. There are also birds that occasionally come to Cyprus by mistake, when they lose their groups, or their ways. There have so far 51 of this latter type recorded.
How to Contact KUŞKOR?
For more information on the activities of the society, and about the endemic birds of Cyprus, contact:
North Cyprus Society for the Protection of Birds,
P.O.Box 634,
Kyrenia, North Cyprus
(via Mersin-10, Turkey)
Main office and the library of the NCSPB:
Ecevit Avenue,
Vakiflar Is Hani,
Kat:2, No.3,
Kyrenia, North Cyprus,
(via Mersin-10, Turkey)
Suggested Reading
  • Flint, P., & Stewart, P., (1992), "The Birds of Cyprus", 2nd edition, British Ornithologists Union, Henry Ling Ltd., Dorset Press, Dorchester, Dorset, England.
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